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March 15, 2013
LOGAN, UTAH-After struggling with ill health for many years, Stanford Cazier passed away March 14, 2013.
He was born in Nephi, Utah, on June 11th, 1930 to Gerald and Edna Jeanette Cazier. He had fond memories of his youth and learned the value of hard work farming and herding sheep. When his brief naval career was thwarted by the first of many health challenges, Stan turned to academic pursuits. He became a very dedicated student of history, especially military history, and discovered a love of teaching. While at the University of Utah, Stan met Shirley Anderson. They were married on his birthday in 1952. Stan and Shirley were a great love story and worked as a successful team. They were blessed with four sons, David, John, Paul, and Thomas Michael. Thomas died shortly after birth.
Stan earned a master's degree from the U of U and a History Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He was an enthusiastic history professor at USU and was named Teacher of the Year in 1966. In 1967 he was awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship by New York University's Academic Administration, and he and Shirley enjoyed returning to NYC where Stan had formerly taught at the Bronx Community College. Stan had the privilege of serving as the president of two universities, first at California State University Chico from 1971-1979 and at Utah State University from 1979-1992. These institutions flourished under his leadership. He loved the associations he gained with the faculty, staff, and students during these years.
Stan had a generous heart. He was a regular contributor to many charities. Two of his favorites were CARE and the LDS Humanitarian fund. He also helped support several LDS missionaries and served as a driver for Meals on Wheels.
Stan was an avid reader. He was always surrounded by books. He highlighted almost every page and made comments in all the margins and then donated them to others. He loved to discuss his latest reading list and never stopped learning. Stan was passionate about books and would be honored by any contribution made to the Merrill-Cazier Library that bears his name.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley, his sons Thomas and Paul, his brother Richard and his sister Geraldine Callister.
He is survived by his sons, David and John, his daughter-in-law, Leesa Cazier (Dan) Simmons, and his brother Marsden (Phyllis) Cazier. He has four beloved grandchildren, Katherine, Andrew, Miranda, and Daniel.
Stan was adamant about not having a funeral, but there will be a gathering of family and friends to celebrate his life on Tuesday, March 19th in the Allen Hall Mortuary at 34 East Center Street in Logan. It will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a short service honoring his life at 12:30 p.m. Condolences and thoughts may be expressed to the family online at

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March 24, 2013
I am sorry to hear of the passing of Stanford. I don't get the paper so I didn't hear about this. I am a Cazier myself, Verl and NaVon's daughter. It's aways sad to see a Cazier passing, that's just one less in the Cazier line.
Evette Cazier Hunt
March 20, 2013
I'm sorry to hear of the passing of a great mentor and friend. I was a graduate assistant for him in the history department at USU in 1966. He was, in large measure, responsible for my career as a history teacher at Snow College for 44 years. He told me about the position opening and then wrote a strong recommendation for me. I tried to model my teaching style after his and I credit much of my success as a teacher to him. He will be missed.

Ralph Brenchley
Ephraim, Utah
March 18, 2013
As a life long learner, it has been a tremendous inspiration for me when I heard him say at a commencement address when he was president of USU, that we get an education to help us appreciate life.
David Hochstettler
March 18, 2013
March 18, 2013

We are sorry to learn of the death of this good friend, colleague, and mentor. I was a history major at Utah State University and had several classes from Stanford Cazier. He was the model to follow in terms of being a good teacher and professor. We are away now as missionaries for the LDS Church. We ask the Lord to guide and watch over the Cazier family.
Sincerely, Elder Jay D. and Sister Karren Schvaneveldt
Jay D. Schvaneveldt
March 17, 2013
I am Stanford's first cousin we grew up in Nephi,Utah & beyond. Due to circumstances I was raised by our maternal beloved Grandmother Lydia S. Cazier. My mother and Stan's father were brother & sister. The home's were side by side. I can't write about Stan unless I tell about his wonderful Mother & Father,Sister & two brothers . they all were relatives to be thoroughly proud of. Stan was an exceptional human being. His accompolishments have been reported well in the newspaper of Utah.
I personally had a close relationship with a fine man. What Stan accompolished with his health problems from a young boy forward is remarkable. God Bless Stan.
Gordon I & Bette Jensen
Gordon ! Jensen
March 17, 2013
I am sorry to hear of Pres. Cazier's passing. I remember him well and was privileged to interview him for the USU student newspaper. I was just an amateur, but he always treated me with respect. What's more, he took a very personal interest in the students. Once I was in the student center cafeteria and heard my name. A few tables away Pres. Cazier was telling someone else about what he enjoyed from one of our conversations. It made my day to be acknowledged by someone of his caliber.

I know Pres. Cazier loved his family very much.
Jennifer K. Hatch
March 17, 2013
My husband and I are so saddened. Truthfully, he was one of our heroes, in so many ways.
Michael and Kay Smith
March 17, 2013
We thought so much of Dr. Cazier. He is much of the reason Paul went into History himself and became a teacher. Paul was priviledged to work under Dr. Cazier as a T.A. at Utah State about 1965. We had him in our home (pre-fabs) several times. One time which was interesting and funny was when we served him cake and he kept dropping pieces off the plate onto the floor. One of our sons -- who was 4 years old at the time -- said "Why does that man keep dropping his cake?" We told him later -- it was because Dr. Cazier got so excited about the things he loved and shared --- that the cake just wouldn't stay on his plate. Stan was a big part of our experience at Utah State --- such a good and exciting man to be around.
We send our love to his family.
Paul & Claudia Nye
March 17, 2013
At USU in the mid-60s when I was very often prone to skipping class, Dr. Cazier's history lectures were the only ones I looked forward to and never missed. His passion was contageous and eventually developed in me a love of history I continue to enjoy. He was easily one of the very best professors I every had and I am sorry to read of his passing.
John Kelker
March 16, 2013
Stan Cazier "encouraged" me to take a Russian language course at USU as my advisor. It turns out that I spent many years of my career working with Russian speaking people. What a blessing he was to guide me in that direction at that time. I also testify that he was an excellent history professor. I also had the chance to interact with him at National Defense University in Washington DC. A man we all admired. Our prayers are with the Cazier family.
Thomas Humpherys
March 16, 2013
My husband, Art Higbee, and I loved the Caziers. Stan and Shirley were our neighbors, friends, and Stan was our boss at Utah State University for many years. I am very sad to hear of his passing but know he is where he longed to be, with his beloved Shirley. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Mona Higbee Richardson
March 16, 2013
I love President Cazier. It was my good fortune to be a student body officer at USU when he was the university president. He was fun, engaging and inspiring. I will always remember his extraordinary presence. And I have never forgotten how much attention he gave me as a student. He enjoyed teasing, and I loved it. For example, when I would come over to his house for dinner he would tell me to park my old car down the street and walk for fear it would lower the property value of his house and the whole neighborhood. (He was probably right.) He was one of the three most influential men during my very impressionable college years. He left me a better person. I hope he is having a beautiful reunion today with his wife Shirley, his sons and the rest.
Scott Wyatt
March 16, 2013
Dear family,
We are sadden to read of Stan's passing, but know of his circumstances since Shirley/Paul's passing. What a guy he was. We lived on Lynwood, and enjoyed Bear Lake with the family. We are in St. Geo. so unable to attend the service, but will continue to remember the good times with Stan.
Jim/Linda Kemp
Jim/Linda Kemp
March 16, 2013
We are truly saddened at the loss of Stan. I had the honor of being the Scoutmaster of his Sons while they lived in Chico, Ca...They were great young men...I will always remember the time Stan took all the boys out on his motorboat for some waterskiing...he needed to demo a skiing move (he had no swimsuit)...the neatest site of the president of the university waterskiing in slacks and a white shirt...I only wish I had a video camera. Thanks Stan
Clifford Steele
March 16, 2013
Stan and Shirley were a wonderful influence in our lives. I was privileged to be one of his students both at the university and at church. Both my husband's family (Morris and Beth Taylor) and my family (Ken and Berniece Ryser) knew and loved the Caziers. May wonderful memories sustain you at this time and bring peace and job. Gordon and Susan Taylor
March 16, 2013
Marsden and family.

We are saddened to hear of Stanford's passing. Our prayers and positive thoughts are winging your way.

With heartfelt condolences,
Bill and Betsy Williams
March 16, 2013
Condolences to the family from Kathryn MacKay Jones. I was a good friend of his sister Geraldine.
Kathryn MacKay Jones
March 16, 2013
To the Family of Stan, We will miss Stan, he was a good Book buddy for many years. and most helpful at the Senior Center driving M.O.W. I had many a good conversation with Stan in regards to recent books. our sympathies to you and your families at this time. Ryan&Jan Memmott~Jensen
March 16, 2013
Awesome human being, superb master teacher, walking history book, most excellent human being--that is
Stanford Cazier, now, in refined form. You will be missed.
-Vicki Jensen
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